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December 30, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: Speak Softly and Carry a Lineup Card

by John Perrotto

Robin Ventura has no managerial experience and won't remind Chicago fans of Ozzie Guillen, but he's ready for the challenge of being White Sox skipper.

December 23, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: Trial By Fire

by John Perrotto

Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny is in a tough spot as he takes over for Tony La Russa in a post-Pujols era, but the rookie manager is confident that he can handle the challenge.

December 21, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: Maddon Hopes for More October Play

by John Perrotto

The Rays might not be able to top their dramatic finish last season, but they hope to be back in the playoffs in 2012.

December 16, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: Checking in on Pinstriped Pitching

by John Perrotto

Some see the Yankees' rotation as a weakness, but Joe Girardi doesn't see things that way.

December 14, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: "Fixing" the Phillies

by John Perrotto

The Phillies are still smarting from their early exit from the playoffs, but they've already taken some steps to address their offensive shortcomings.

December 8, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: Bobby's Back

by John Perrotto

Bobby Valentine speaks to the media at the Winter Meetings about his plans for getting the Red Sox past last season's collapse.

December 2, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: Still Sabean After All These Years

by John Perrotto

The longest-tenured GM's tenure gets a little longer.

November 23, 2011

On the Beat: What Price Labor Peace?

by John Perrotto

The new CBA makes many changes, most of them positive, but small-market teams may find that it makes their chances of competing even slimmer.

Premium Article On the Beat: A Team Effort in Texas

by John Perrotto

The Rangers have transformed themselves from a franchise known for individual success into a perennial winner under GM Jon Daniels.

November 9, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: Handicapping the Managerial Candidates

by John Perrotto

Which managerial candidates have the best chances to be the next skippers in St. Louis, Chicago, and Boston?

November 8, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: The 2011 All-MLB Team

by John Perrotto

For the third year in a row, John picks the best players in baseball at each position.

November 1, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: At Least One Era Comes to an End

by John Perrotto

Just days after winning the World Series, the Cardinals confront the loss of Tony La Russa and try to hold on to another icon in Albert Pujols.

October 25, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: The State of Instant Replay

by John Perrotto

Major League Baseball is reviewing its instant replay rules, but should we expect expansion soon?

October 19, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: Cardinal Comeback

by John Perrotto

In late August, the Cardinals looked like a longshot to earn a winning record, let alone a pennant.

October 18, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: Rangers Renaissance

by John Perrotto

The Rangers have gone through some lean times since their last consecutive playoff appearances, but they've emerged from their struggles stronger than ever.

October 13, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: Tiring Tiger?

by John Perrotto

The Tigers' season depends on Justin Verlander's performance in an elimination game today, but some speculation has arisen that the ace may be tiring.

October 3, 2011

On the Beat: The Next Managers

by John Perrotto

John names ten men who appear poised to join the ranks of major-league managers.

September 29, 2011

On the Beat: A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

by John Perrotto

Two wild-card races were on the line on September 28, and nobody could have predicted what would happen at the end of the night.

September 22, 2011

On the Beat: Moneyball at the Movies

by John Perrotto

John and Scott Hatteberg pass judgment on the movie adaptation of the Michael Lewis bestseller.

September 12, 2011

On the Beat: Great Expectations

by John Perrotto

The Marlins' season hasn't gone as they'd hoped, but they envision better things in a better ballpark next season.

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